A database of renters should be held by the Government to get rid of the need for tenant-funded checks, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The RLA has welcomed the RICS plans, which was amongst a raft of recommendations made to Government ahead of the publication of its Housing White Paper next year.
In its Rented Sector Policy Paper, published today, RICS says the proposed database would hold landlord references and past rental payment histories for up to 10 million householders currently living in private- and social-rented properties across England.
It says the database will help vulnerable tenants as it means potential landlords could access information such as their previous rental history – rather than just a credit rating.
RLA Chairman Alan Ward said: “Landlords and letting agents carry out credit references and other checks to establish whether the tenant has the right to rent in the UK.
“Any system that simplifies this process might reduce the upfront costs for tenants, and could enable landlords and agents to understand the rent payment and background of a tenant.
“It is crucial that vulnerable tenants or those with poor records, do not find themselves at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords. Any information that helps to build a fuller picture of a tenant could give good landlords greater confidence about renting to them.”
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